AbstractDiabetes is poised to become the healthcare issue of the future. Dietary habits, lifestyle and genetics have combined to produce a pandemic that will dwarf most other health problems. This impacts medical costs and quality of life and will, by extension, affect employment and the work force. Concurrently, a wave of new advances in molecular biology and cell signalling mechanisms are evolving, which should contribute to combatting the coming onslaught of this disease.
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